Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city, with modern architecture and a wide selection of shops restaurants and museums. Unique in its history and European influence, it has the advantage of beautiful beaches and trendy eateries and shops of St. Kilda. Travelling around Melbourne is easy; built in a grid formation which enables you to navigate around easily in your rental car. VisitLaneways for bustling shopping, China Town, Curtin House and Nicholas Building for couture, hats, jewellery, or Gertrude Street for lunch or dinner.
Collect your hire car from Tullamarine Airport the principle airport (25km from Melbourne), Avalon Airport (55km from Melbourne). Just one hour’s drive out of Melbourne is Mornington Peninsula, which offers a very different experience than the neighbouring city. With a Mediterranean feel, it has vineyards and olive trees and many world class hotels and retreats. Visitors in rental cars can enjoy the coastline of the peninsula at a leisurely pace; taking in the panorama and visit some of the twenty seaside towns.
Portsea and Sorrento are small seaside towns with shops and cafes and beautiful beaches or alternatively visit Redhill a small rural hamlet. Drive out to Philip Island 140km from the city ofMelbourne; the island forms a natural break water of Western Port. A bridge connects San Remo toNewhaven. Philip Island is known for the wild life that inhabit the island such as penguins and others that can be found at the conservation centre. There is a wide selection of accommodation and restaurants. Cruises are available to see more of the coastline.
From Sorrento it is possible to take a ferry and explore the west coast of Melbourne. Drive downThe Great Ocean Road, to explore the rugged coastline, follow the winding road, the regions surf capital of Torquay, past the cliffs scenic outlooks, rain forest, ship wrecks and enjoy the small fishing villages on the way to Port Fairy.
Why not visit Melbourne in November in time for the Melbourne Cup, the world famous horse racing event. The glamorous event has is synonymous with style and fashion is a time of great festivity. Held at the Victoria Racing Club Flemington Racecourse, the event is held on the first Tuesday in November and stars at 3pm (day light savings time).
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